Even for the staunchest supporters of the cause, discussing gender inequity in the art world can get very grim very fast. Bleak statistics on gallery representation and auction records elicit (understandable) groans, and more time gets spent maligning the problems than working on them. Fortunately, the six women participating in last week’s “62 Years Later: Gender Politics in the Arts” discussion at Robert Miller Gallery avoided gloom, expressing optimism and frustration in near equal measure. In conjunction with the gallery’s Lee Krasner exhibition, three of the fiercest female forces in New York’s art world—RoseLee Goldberg, founding director and curator of Performa, artist Laurie Simmons and Anne Pasternak, president and artistic director of Creative Time—spoke about ambition and achievement along with Lauren Flanigan, an opera soprano and nonprofit director, Heather Watts, formerly the principal dancer in George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, and moderator Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the esteemed author and economist. Read More
Despite its name, “The Future of Art Magazines” panel discussion at the College Art Association’s 101st annual conference earlier this month was devoted less to divination than to discourse on the past and present of art glossies. Chaired by Art in America editor, Lindsay Pollock, the panelists assembled at the massive Hilton New York in Midtown to speak on a number of pressing issues—and occasionally spar with one another. Read More
Chelsea galleries are better known for serving the super rich than taking them to task, but if any 1-percent patrons happened upon Leila Heller Gallery last Tuesday night, they were in for a surprise. A panel discussion devoted to economic inequality brought Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Thomson Reuters Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland to the gallery to speak alongside Roger Mandle, executive director of the Qatar Museums Authority, and artist Gayle Mandle.
Diana Burroughs, the director of modern and contemporary art at Leila Heller Gallery, said that as art becomes more political, she wants to broaden the gallery’s engagement with other fields and involve experts from outside the art world. “The fact is that there is a movement and there should be a dialogue about how art is reflecting society,” she said. Read More
Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, will appear at a panel discussion at Storm King Art Center on Aug. 25, “On Creative Place-Making. He will be joined by artists Eve Biddle, Mark di Suvero and Lily Yeh. They will discuss “developing projects that have enlivened or enhanced neighborhoods and communities” in a conversation moderated by Storm King president John P. Stern. Read More
Ragnar Kjartansson and Björk probably have more in common than you know. They’re both Icelandic, both come from a musical background and on Friday afternoon’s standing-room-only Armory Show panel, they both looked particularly natty—with Björk in a burgundy velvet dress and green veil and Mr. Kjartansson in a sharp suit—as they agreed that they were both really into nature at this moment. Read More
“What if art is the natural condition of [man], and everything else has gotten in its way?” asked multimedia artist and poet George Quasha near the close of a panel discussion on Tuesday night at SoHo nonprofit Location One. He was joking, but the laughter in the modestly sized audience seemed to be a collective acknowledgement of an “ah-ha” moment. Read More
“This is a man who never stopped laughing, who always spoke in riddles, who identified with the joker, and is always actively engaging us with that perplexity, the idea of paradox in paintings,” biographer Justin Spring proclaimed of artist Roberto Matta at Pace Gallery’s West 25th Street branch last week. He added, “This is a starting point, rather than a definitive moment for Matta.” Read More